Erving Notebook

Planning for regionalization

ERVING — With two of Erving School Union 28’s five member towns eyeing departure, the town’s regionalization committee is seeking help planning for an uncertain future.

Beth Lux, a member of the three-person committee created at a 2010 town meeting, said the decision by the Leverett and Shutesbury regionalization committees to join Amherst and Pelham in planning for a possible grouping has caused a lot of uneasiness among the three remaining towns in the elementary administrative union.

Lux said the committee has been in touch with the Pioneer, Greenfield, Gill-Montague and Mahar districts and needs members for subcommittees to help plan and evaluate the situation.

Potential volunteers may contact Town Administrator Thomas Sharp at or 413-422-2800, ext. 100.

New emergency chief named

ERVING — Philip Wonkka will be in charge of the next major emergency to come along.

Wonkka, of 10 Moore St., is the town’s new emergency management director following his unanimous appointment by the Board of Selectmen.

The previous director became ineligible for the position when he moved out of town, and the chief of police has recently filled the position on an interim basis.

The emergency management department is responsible for coordinating with local and state departments and agencies in preparing for and responding to disasters such as last year’s October snowstorm or Tropical Storm Irene.

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